PETERS, Richard James McGregor

Rank: 
Lieutenant
Regiment/Corps: 
Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 7th(1st Bn Queen Victoria's Rifles)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
226391
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Thursday, February 8, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Lieutenant Richard Peters 2 SBS
Lieutenant Richard Peters, 2 Special Boat Section, died [1] whilst leading a small reconnaissance operation to gather intelligence from villagers on the strength and disposition of Japanese forces on the other side of a bridge across the River Irrawaddy in the area of Pakkoku-Pagan. He was accompanied by 2 Corporals and an Interpreter. 
Unfortunately the inhabitants of one of the huts were armed Japanese inspired Fifth Columnists and in the ensuing firefight Lt Peters was killed [2].
 
He joined 2 SBS from Commando Depot on the 23rd July 1942 and served with 'B' Group S.A.C.S.E.A. [3].
 
Lt. Peters was twice Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma [4].
 
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] Official reports and letters to his family in CVA Gallery [view ....].
[3] 2 SBS Timeline memorandum (read below).
[4] London Gazettes Publication date: 25 Sept 1945; Supplement: 37284; Page: 4785.
[4] London Gazettes Publication date: 7 May 1946; Supplement: 37558; Page: 2215.
 

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